Friday, November 06, 2015

Spry Memorial Lecture 2015 - Media Democracy Days

Spry Memorial Lecture 2015 - part of a series supported by the Graham Spry Fund

by MediaDemocracyDays 2015

Main Branch of the Vancouver Public Library 
350 W Georgia, Vancouver
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2015 Program

(until 5pm)

Jesse Brown from CANADALAND

Jesse Brown runs CANADALAND, a crowdfunded news site and podcast network dedicated to media criticism.

He received the Hillman Prize for Investigative Reporting and a National Magazine Award for Humour.

He has hosted two national programs for CBC Radio One and written for The Guardian, The Walrus, VICE and others. He volunteers for Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and for PEN Canada.



Free event


[1:30 PM]

Stop Spying on Us will address the technical, legal, and political challenges Canadians face in working to protect and defend their privacy online.


Steve Anderson is the founder and Executive Director 
of the award winning civic engagement organization 
OpenMedia. Steve is a digital policy analyst and 
open Internet advocate who often appears in national 
and international media to comment on telecom, 
surveillance, and copyright policy along with other 
matters related to internet governance.

Micheal Vonn is a lawyer and has been the Policy 
Director of the BCCLA since 2004. She has been 
an Adjunct Professor at the University of British 
Columbia (UBC) in the Faculty of Law and in the 
School of Library, Archival and Information Studies 
where she has taught civil liberties and information ethics.

Andrew Clement is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty 
of Information at the University of Toronto. His recent 
privacy/surveillance research projects include the  
Snowden Surveillance Archive, a complete, indexed, 
searchable collection of all published documents that 
whistleblower Edward Snowden released to journalists; 
and, an internet mapping tool that makes 
visible secret NSA internet interception sites and the
routing of personal data through them. 


Adel Iskandar is an Assistant Professor of Global 
Communication at Simon Fraser University in 
Vancouver/Burnaby, Canada. Iskandar's work deals 
with media, identity and politics; and he has lectured 
extensively on these topics at universities worldwide. 
He is a co-editor of Jadaliyya and a host of the online 
audio journal Status.

[2:45 PM]

Beyond Fear & Great Hair: Shaping debate in #elxn42 


In this panel, we bring together individuals and groups who were active in the campaign to share their experiences, reflect on their strategies, and offer some thoughts about citizen engagement in the post-election landscape.


Donald Gutstein is adjunct professor in the School 
of Communication at SFU and author of Harperism: 
How Stephen Harper and His Think Tank Colleagues 
Have Transformed Canada. He has written extensively 
on the role of corporate media in disseminating 
propaganda and managing democracy. He is currently 
studying media coverage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Jamie Biggar is the campaigns director for Leadnow 
and has a background in large-scale online and offline 
collaboration to develop policy and campaigns. He 
began organizing in the youth climate movement, 
co-founding Common Energy and goBeyond to bring 
university communities across British Columbia together 
to support regional climate action.

Anastasia Gaisenok is the Executive Director of 
Check Your Head: The Youth Global Education 
Network, a youth-centred non-profit organization 
that educates, activates and empowers young people 
around social, economic and environmental justice issues. 
@AnastGaisenok @check_your_head 
#DemocracyCheck #UpForDebate

Tara Mahoney is the Co-Founder and Creative 
Director for Gen Why Media and creator of Creative 
Publics art project that engages artists students and 
community members in federal election issues through 


Milan Singh recently completed her Ph.D. in the 
School of Communication. Her research examines 
the bombing of Air India Flight 182, public inquiries, 
and demands for justice. She is currently a Research 
Fellow at the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture 
and Communities at Simon Fraser University.

[4:00 PM] 

Changing the Channel: News, Independent Media and Campaign 2015 

We have assembled a panel of dynamic and innovative independent media journalists to discuss the role of investigative journalism and critical political analysis in informing citizens, empowering marginalized voices, and exploring the relationship between politics and the public good.


Leena Minifie, Gitxaala Editor Indigenous Reporting 
Fund at Ricochet media. Leena is a writer, producer, 
editor and media maker, whose interest lies in the 
stories of culture, land, rights & health. Leena 
produced stories over the last decade for the likes of 
CBC, CTV, Native American Calling and APTN. 
She currently lives on unceded Coast Salish 
territories in Vancouver.

Michael Stewart is the Blogs Editor at and 
a freelance writer living in Victoria, B.C. He is a bad 
editor, a PhD dropout and a union thug. Follow him 
on Twitter @m_r_stewart.

The Redeye Collective has been produc- ing an 
independent public affairs show for over 35 years 
on Vancouver Co-op Radio. Jim Mainguy has been 
with the collective for just over three years, where 
he contributes to the producing, writing and hosting 
of the show. 


Anis Rahman is a Sessional Instructor 
and Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the 
School of Communication at Simon 
Fraser University. Rahmans doctoral 
research explores media democratization, 
policy reform, and journalism issues in 
the context of Global South.

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